Professor Sandeep Sancheti is an Institution Builder, Policy Planner, Regular Columnist on various Academic Policies, Promoter of Sports in Higher Education and well known for his intellectual strategic foresight. He holds a Ph.D from Queens University of Belfast UK, M.Sc. (Engg.) from DTU Delhi and B.Tech from NIT Warangal. He is currently the Vice Chancellor (Provost) at Marwadi University Rajkot and also the Past President of Association of Indian Universities (AIU) New Delhi.
Formerly Dr. Sancheti headed Eight Central Govt. Institutions of national importance thereby setting a record of being the exclusive one to have done so. As a unique distinction he served in a variety of institutions like state and private universities, affiliated institutions, Govt. and deemed universities, private – deemed universities and institutions of national importance. He has worked as Director at National Institute of Technology New Delhi and NITK Surathkal. He was Director In charge at NIT Trichy, NIT Calicut and SPA Delhi and has also served as a Mentor Director of newly establishments of NIT Goa, NIT Puducherry and NIT Sikkim. He has lead two private universities namely SRMIST, Chennai as its Vice Chancellor and Manipal University Jaipur as its President in a career spanning more than 37 years. He is a recipient of the Common wealth Scholarship & Fellowship under Colombo Plan and was a Visiting Faculty at Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) Bangkok.
He is also known for his excellent reasoning and critical thinking skills and had opportunities to speak to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on education matters and was also invited to address the Members of Parliament on issues of job opportunities and higher education. He was the Chairman, AIEEE and also instrumental in designing new policies on engineering entrance examinations as well as foreign and NRI admission in the country. He is a Member of Court and Council, Indian Institute of Science(IISc.) Bangalore. He is the Chairman; Board of Governors for MLV Textile Engineering College, Bhilwara and Jodhpur Institute of Engineering & Technology, Jodhpur. He is currently a Member-Executive Council at ACU London. He is also serving many professional bodies like SPIC MACAY, FICCI, CII, EPSI, Atal Innovation Mission etc. in different capacities. In addition, he is on various national level bodies of UGC, AICTE and AIU for education related matters and has been a part of Indian delegations abroad. He is a Life Fellow of IETE, IE (I), ISTE, BES and a Member of IEEE, USA and has contributed more than 85 research papers in journals and conferences.
In the past he was a Member of XIIth Plan Preparation Committee for MHRD, Member Kakodkar Committee for Review of NITs, Member Governing Council – ESCI Hyderabad, Member Executive Council – AICTE New Delhi, Chairman AIEEE, Chairman DASA Scheme of MHRD, Chairman QIP (Poly) Scheme of AICTE, Member Governing / Advisory Boards of CBSE New Delhi, BCCI Mumbai, SAI New Delhi, NCTE New Delhi, NIRDPR Hyderabad and Academic Advisory Board of Microsoft India etc. He is a keen player of Bridge & Squash. He is also an active member of Rotary International and a few other social organizations.